U.S. Treasury discovers Ganj Madrassa school allegedly funds terrorist activities

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on Tuesday that Umar Siddique Kathio Azmarai is allegedly a senior al-Qa'ida official and the Ganj Madrassa Peshawar school is an alleged front for terrorism funding.

The Ganj Madrassa, also known as the Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quaran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, is a school and training center alleged to be funding al-Qa'ida, Lashkar-e Tayyiba and the Taliban. It is the first account of a madrassa being abused for terrorist gains. The Treasury said this is one example of how far terrorist groups will go to raise funds.

"Today's action strikes at the heart of the financial and logistical support network that abuses charitable donations and provides essential services for various terrorist groups including al-Qa'ida, Lashkar-e Tayyiba, and the Taliban," Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said. "These networks provide the fighters, training, and supplies for these terrorist groups to carry out their acts of violence against coalition forces and civilians alike. We will continue to work with our partners around the world to dismantle these terrorist networks, especially those that try to conceal their sinister activities behind critical community organizations like madrassas."

The Ganj Madrassa was allegedly found to be training people on how to conduct terrorist and insurgent crimes while posing as a religious school. Students in the school were being trained on bomb-making and prepared to be suicide bombers. The school's funds were used to fund terrorist crimes in Afghanistan.

The U.S. government has frozen any assets delegated to the Ganj Madrassa and all U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting business with the school.